Actor Segawa Kikunojô II as the Spirit of a Quail, Torii Kiyotsune (c. 1763 (Hôreki 13), 11th month) Benizuri-e (紅刷絵, "crimson printed pictures") Hosoban; 31 x 14 cm (12 3/16 x 5 1/2 in.)
Torii Kiyotsune, a prominent artist of the influential Torii School (鳥居派, -ha) which emerged around 1687 when Torii Kiyonobu I came to Edo (Modern day Tokyo) from Osaka, bringing with him a Kabuki sensibility with an emphasis on action and poses commonly associated with the Kabuki stage.
Kiyotsune's work started to become popular towards the end of the Hōreki era (1751–1764) and he continued to be active right up until the end of the An'ei era (1772–1781). Well know for his Yakusha-e (役者絵, "Actor Prints") of Kabuki actors, Kiyotsune's work can be recognised by a flowing, rounded linework in a style established by Torii Kiyonobu II and Torii Kiyomasu II.
The print is what is know as a Benizuri-e or crimson printed picture, which could be described as a more primitive form of the well know Ukiyo-e genre. The prints of this period were usually printed in pink and green, occasionally with and addition colour either printed or more commonly added by hand.